It’s the first weekend of 2018, and events in Toronto will help with all the new year’s resolutions you may have set for yourself. If you want to be more social this year, arts parties like Long Winter await. Looking to get fit? Lucky for you, a new skate path opens under the Gardiner.
Events you might want to check out:
Long Winter (January 5 @ Gladstone Hotel)
Long Winter brings its all ages, all access music and arts party to the Gladstone Hotel. These shows are never a bad time.
The Killers (January 5 @ Air Canada Centre)
Brandon Flowers and the rest of his Las Vegas rock band take over the ACC to play wonderful songs from their wonderful new album, titled Wonderful Wonderful.
The Bentway Skate Trail Official Opening (January 6 @ The Bentway)
Toronto's newest skate path, the Bentway, located directly underneath the Gardiner Expressway, opens up this weekend. All winter long it will host Friday night skate parties with DJs on site.
No Pants Subway RIde (January 7 @ TTC)
The 17th annual No Pants Subway Ride happens in cities across the globe on Sunday, encouraging you to drop your trousers on the TTC. It should go without saying but please don't do this on any other day!
You Better Work (January 5 @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is raising a glass to Toronto's Queer community with an epic lip sync battle celebrating the art of drag. Afterwards there'll be a best of top 40 dance party.
Global Boogie Banquet (January 5 @ Handlebar)
Kensington Market's Handlebar transforms into a global banquet celebrating the different cultures of the world. It's entirely free and features DJ Oreku spinning international grooves all night.
DJ Skate Nights: Soul On Ice (January 6 @ Harbourfront Centre)
Soul Kitchen returns to Harbourfront Centre to begin a new year with a little Soul On Ice as Jester & Kid Kut bring the vibes to the Natrel Rink for the weekly skate party.
Exclaim's Class Of 2018 (January 6 @ Smiling Buddha)
Exclaim! Magazine and legendary show promoter Dan Burke are partnering to bring you a sample of the new year's most promising talent. It's the first Toronto show of the now multi-city concert series.
The Mayor's Bentway Skating Party (January 7 @ The Bentway)
A day after the Bentway skating trail opens, Mayor John Tory is hosting a party with complimentary skate rentals and hot chocolate on him!
Elementals (January 5 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
Ottawa based indie alt rockers Elemental toast to the release of their album, Mother Nature and Her Bipolar Tendencies, with a live show featuring Big Lonely and Huttch on support.
Howlin' Circus (January 5 @ Lee's Palace)
Garage rock, blues, and plenty of heart and soul land at Lee's Palace alongside British Canadian rock outfit Howlin' Circus. Openers include Terminal Joy and Freedom Baby, too.
August Burns Red (January 6 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
The American metalcore band hits the Danforth Music Hall for an all ages show with support from Born of Osiris, ERRA, and Ocean Grove.
East meets West: Movies and Music (January 6 @ Roy Thomson Hall)
The best music from the silver screen, from China to Hollywood, is played live by an internationally renowned orchestra. Timeless scores include music from John Williams and Hans Zimmer.
Nite Comfort 52 (January 7 @ Handlebar)
Kat Estacio, a leading figure among young Filipino artists, explores the intersection between classic gong music of the Philippines and various forms of experimentalism.
Where Does This Disco (January 5 @ Farside)
A free night of mutant & Italo disco, indie electronic, and psych-pop, selected by Digits of Synthesexer, Silent Shout, and Pop Lobster
Nine Inch Nails EBM Party (January 6 @ Nocturne)
DJ Lazarus spins you through the best of EBM, electro-industrial and future pop music, with a spotlight on Nine Inch Nails. In the front room, DJ Chris Way is playing 80s and 90s new wave and post-punk.
Barcode Saturdays (January 6 @ Orchid Nightclub)
Barcode Saturdays' signature 2 floors and 2 sounds party is back for the first weekend of the year. This weekend, book a table and get a free bottle or Ciroc or Courvoisier.
Hey Girl Hey (January 6 @ The Baby G)
New year, new venue, same intensity, Hey Girl Hey is back with DJ Orange Pekoe playing hip hop and R&B from female artists only.
NoNeon 3 Year Anniversary (January 6 @ CODA)
Canadian DJ Hunter Siegel plays an open to close marathon set to celebrate the three year anniversary of the music and lifestyle brand, NoNeon at CODA.
Tapette (January 6 @ Glad Day Bookshop)
The city's only French disco and house dance party tumbles into Glad Day for their first shindig of 2018. DJ Phillippe spins all night.
Turbo City 9 (January 6 @ Socialite Tapas Bar)
Turbo City flies into its second year of dealing grooves to the masses at this party showcasing talent from Toronto's breeding grounds for underground dance music, Night Shift.
Collective NOW Unconscious (January 5 @ Cafe Pamenar)
Italian artist Franco Berti brings a new collage exhibit to Toronto for the month of January. It's an assembly of conceptually linked collages made of Toronto's free weekly paper, NOW.
January Art Show Opening Night (January 5 @ Winged Canvas Art Hub Gallery)
Winged Canvas Gallery is kicking off the New Year artfully with the first in a series of group shows. Discover multiple local artists in a single outing as they each get their own self-curated wall.
Imagining Toronto A Visual Storytelling Workshop (January 7 @ Centre of Social Innovation – Regent Park)
Photographer David Coulson hosts a 3-hou workshop on visual storytelling.Open to anyone with a camera (or camera phone), the workshop focuses on telling the story of Toronto through photography.
Joanna Strong and Yonas Demissie (January 7 @ Cedar Ridge Creative Centre)
Cedar Ridge Gallery hosts Joanna Strong's Miniature Worlds paintings along with Yonas Demissie's abstract, realism, and modern art.
Resolutions (January 5 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
Hot Docs is hosting a weekend long film guide to keeping your resolutions and living your best life in 2018 with screenings of films about travel, unplugging from technology, and more.
Bowie's Birthday Weekend (January 7 @ The Royal Cinema)
The Royal Cinema tips their hat to the incomparable David Bowie with a screening of the elegant neo-gothic vampire flick The Hunger, followed by Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.